How to make a complaint about the police
Police complaints can be made to the Chief Constable of the relevant Force or directly to the IOPC (Independent Office for Police Conduct).
The process can be daunting and, at times, confusing.
Being subjected to a criminal investigation, or waiting for the Police to investigate a crime you have reported, is stressful enough without the additional concern for an Officer’s conduct.
You are entitled to instruct a solicitor to assist you with the complaint who can alleviate this burden and ensure that your complaint is investigated and resolved appropriately.
Common failings and complaints
- Breach of PACE
- Unlawful arrests
- Unlawful seizures
- Misuse of the powers of entry
- Failing to investigate lines of enquiry
- Disclosure failings
- Racism, homophobia, sexism and ableism
In the last year Slater Heelis’ Crime and Regulatory department has dealt with approximately 30 complaint worthy cases and enquiries.
Most recently, a complaint has been made to Greater Manchester Police’s Chief Constable and the IOPC following significant failings by the Officer in the Case in regard to disclosure.
The client had been charged with an offence of rape after having being under investigation for 2 years. It wasn’t until the first day of Trial, in the Crown Court, that the Prosecution revealed that the Officer had not disclosed evidence so significant that it resulted in the case being dropped.
This failing not only had a substantial financial impact on the client’s family but also resulted in the deterioration of his mental health and personal relationships.
For guidance on making a complaint about the police, our team are happy to help and create a robust complaint to seek justice for their misconduct.